The SELCOM has selected 10 news fellows for 2017-2018


[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he SELCOM convened at the United Nations Headquaters in New York, USA, on 10 November 2016 and the composition was as follow :

Representative for DOALOS/Chair :

Mr. François Bailet (Senior Legal Advisor)

Representative for The Nippon Foundation of Japan:

Mr. Mitsuyuki Unno (Executive Director)

Eminent Scholar :

Prof. Mariko Kawano (Professor of International Law, Waseda University)

Representative for the Fellowship Alumni :

Mr. Abbas Daher Djama (United Nations-Nippon Fellowship Global Alumni Representative)

Secretary of the SELCOM :

Ms. Valentina Germani (Programme Advisor, DOALOS)

Representative for the Nippon Foundation of Japan

Mr. Takashi Arikawa (Marine Affairs Department)

We are pleased to announce that the Selection Committee selected the following ten candidates for 2017-2018 fellowship awards :

Fellows Country Region
Mr. Bakai Matchonnawe Togo


West Africa and Atlantic Ocean Islands
Mr. Camara Bangaly Guinea


West Africa and Atlantic Ocean Islands
Mr.  El Diwany Ibrahim Egypt Arabian Peninsula
Mr. Ayaad Mohammad Jordan Arabian Peninsula
Ms. Migodela Edith Getrude Tanzania


East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands
Ms. Htet Theint Myanmar South East Asia
Mr. Khanal Gobinda Nepal South East Asia
Ms. Bowie Wilches Jenny Colombia


Latin American and the Caribbean
Mr. Parry Eavin Saint Kitts and Nevis


Latin American and the Caribbean
Mr. Santos Felipe




Latin American and the Caribbean

Alumni Meeting of Technical Experts / 8th ABLOS Conference (2015) – Monaco



The first technical experts’ meeting of the Alumni Network will be held in conjunction with the 8th Conference of the Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea (ABLOS) and in association with the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and L’Institut du droit économique de la mer (INDEMER).

The Alumni will make presentations during the ABLOS Conference, and will also hold meetings on the technical aspects of the implementation of the Law of the Sea Convention and related Agreements.

Presentations and additional information will be posted after the meeting.

Latin American and the Caribbean Alumni Meeting (2015) – Mexico

The LACA Alumni debrief (written by them):

The LACA region has come together this week to consider critical issues related to climate change within the maritime sectors and ways in which they may be addressed in an integrated manner at all levels.

The meeting took place in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, where alumni spent a week of teaching and learning through a mixture of theoretical, practical and case study examples. The alumni also applied expertise and lessons learnt in an intense role playing, simulation exercise that was intended to mimic a real world situation dealing with issues surrounding climate change impact, trans-boundary resource management and sustainable development.  The alumni assumed roles of governments negotiating plans for developing their countries and collaborating in managing regional marine and coastal resources.

The LACA Regional meeting brought together Alumni and current fellows to share valuable information on climate change within the Region. The variety of backgrounds within the Alumni enriched discussions and showed once again the strength of the network and the growing friendship among the Alumni. In this sense, it was also an opportunity to remind the expertise of the fellows and how each of them can contribute from their disciplines to address common issues related to the oceans.

The Alumni had the opportunity to hear some experiences on management, as well as challenges and programmes being done for mitigation and adaptation in the face to climate change from different categories of MPAs in this region of the Yucatan Peninsula (Marine National Park Occidental Coast of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizu, National Park Arrecifes de Xcalak, Biosphere Reserve Sian Ka’an and Arrecifes de Sian Ka’an).

It is also important to note that the alumni got strong, factual and up to date information on the scientific basis of the process underlying the interaction between oceans and climate. It was shown to us how the oceans are a major player in the climate arena and yet to be properly addressed with the collection of new scientific data.

Moreover, the alumni had the opportunity to know the work of organizations and communities on the protection, research and management within the “Puerto Morelos” marine protected area. The alumni was very grateful to the organizations and fishermen who shared their experiences and lessons learned. It was an unique experience, because the alumni had also the opportunity to dive and snorkel and to see one of the most important coral barriers in the Mesoamerican Reef System. The Alumni also had the opportunity to try the lion fish ceviche in the restaurant of the fishermen cooperative as it is being used as a strategy to reduce this invasive species in the region.

The Alumni simulation training sessions gave hands on experience on State level negotiation processes. These activities served as a very useful capacity building component especially in this time when Oceans agenda are at the forefront. Considering the high level of the discussions and the experience in field, the meeting was very valuable in terms of learning and sharing of experiences.

The alumni meeting is once again a unique occasion for alumni from the region to talk and organize themselves in order to improve the efficiency of the network and the mean of communication. The discussions pointed out the need to streamline the communication means and to continue working together in order to keep improving the alumni.

In addition, this meeting was an a opportunity used by  LACA Fellows to interact, share experiences, define common interests and establish general commitments for the next months as individual experts and as a group.


World Oceans Day Celebration

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n celebration of the World Oceans Day, the Division of Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea hosted a reception on Monday 8 June 2015 at the United Nations headquarter in New York.

The Alumni Representative delivered a statement in which he highlighted our common responsibility to protect our oceans and the need for young professionals to cooperate beyond national boundaries in order to raise awareness and convincing people to change their behaviors.

He also acknowledged the support of DOALOS and the Nippon Foundation to build a network of oceans experts.

The statement is available here


The Fourth Nereus Annual Meeting

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Nereus Program, a global interdisciplinary initiative between the Nippon Foundation and the University of British Columbia, organized its fourth annual meeting from 26 to 29 May 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.

This meeting is the opportunity for Nereus fellows to present their studies on fisheries and climate change from natural and social sciences perspective. These presentations covered a wide range of fisheries management issues such as fish stock migration, future changes in global biomass and fisheries catch under climate change scenarios, global catch reconstruction and fisheries international regulations.

The representative of the United Nations – Nippon foundation Alumni Network has been invited to attend this annual meeting in order to initiate discussions on future collaboration between the two programs.